To the North Sea coast from Bruges

Bruges - Flanders - Belgium

Cycling route 148464

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63.39 km
1117 kcal
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This route takes you to the Bruges canals, where the tourist boats sail. You cycle to the port area of Bruges. This is where the Boudewijn Canal begins, which connects Bruges with its seaport, Zeebrugge. Then you continue your way towards the coast. Between Zuienkerke and Uitkerke you cycle through the Uitkerkse Polders Nature Reserve, the largest nature reserve in West Flanders. You will find meadows with drinking pools, many canals and beautiful reed borders. It is the most important meadow bird area in Flanders. In the spring there are hundreds of courting meadow birds such as the black-tailed godwit, lapwing, avocet, redshank and oystercatcher. In winter the greylag goose, little reed goose and white-fronted goose find their permanent home. It is a landscape with low-lying saline grasslands - where brackish water bubbles up at the surface - and higher-lying fat grasslands: the ingredients for a unique ecosystem with special plants and animals. Blankenberge was originally a fishing village where piloting was also important. In the 19th century it became a seaside resort with the arrival of English tourism. Bathing cubicles appeared on the beach in 1838. There was a wooden seawall, hotels and a railway line to Heist and Bruges. Nowadays, Blankenberge is one of the most important seaside resorts on the Belgian coast, with the 350 meter long pier of Blankenberge, dating from 1933, as the eye-catcher. Medieval Wenduine was a fishing village and remained so until the arrival of the coastal tram in the 20th century. It is one of the few Belgian coastal municipalities with a dune area. At the seaside resort of De Haan, you will turn inland again to return to your starting point in Bruges.

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